Let me tell you right off the bat, National Treasure: Edge of History is pretty damn bad! Disney Plus has a lot of great stuff, but there is also some stuff that is not good and this is one of them. I feel like over the last 12 months I have seen far too many shows and movies that are not all that great on Disney Plus and they need to stop this!
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The Movie Review
To be honest with you, I was very excited about this TV show. I thought that the two National Treasure movies were fun and felt that the premise could translate well to a TV show. The idea of a group of treasure hunters trying to find a new treasure each week was something I thought would be great for a TV show.
Instead, we get a show that is trying way too hard to be mysterious! The first two episodes are a freaking mess with way too much stuff going on to keep track of. It starts in 2001 when we see a man called Rafael Rios who is a treasure hunter frantically hiding his treasure before sending his family off to safety, he is murdered and does not make it.
The show then fast-forwards to the modern day where we meet his grown-up daughter, Jess. Jess now lives in Louisiana with her group of friends and she finds an old locker belonging to Peter Sadusky from the two National Treasure movies. Now, this was something I thought was kind of cool!
Peter sees a symbol on Jess’s necklace and realizes who she could be and sends her on a quest to send a message to his grandson. Jess eventually solves this puzzle which then starts her down a path of becoming a treasure hunter all the while trying to find out the truth about what happened to her father. As a premise, this is pretty awesome, but they really screwed this one up.
The best thing I can say about National Treasure: Edge of History is that I thought it was awesome they managed to get Harvey Keitel back in a small capacity. You do not need to have seen the two National Treasure movies to watch this, it pretty much ignores most of what went down in them anyway.
I feel that there is a good idea here, but the characters are not all that likable. Plus, the whole mystery and treasure-hunting aspect of the show feels so forced and cryptic just for the sake of being so, it is hard to enjoy. Then we have the special effects, the CG in this show is some of the worst I have seen in a Disney Plus TV show or movie, it looks very, very low budget.
As I write this only the first six episodes of National Treasure: Edge of History have aired and I will see this show out, but if they make a second season, I am not sure it is something I want to be part of. It is not a completely horrible show, but it feels like another miss for the Disney Plus streaming service. You would be better just watching the two National Treasure movies back to back than this!
- I did like how they brought back a couple of characters from the movies
- It is always awesome seeing Harvey Keitel in stuff
- I do think that there is some promise in the premise of the show
- It made me realize just how good and underrated the two National Treasure movies are
- The plot is just way too complicated for its own good like it is trying way too hard
- This has some of the worst CG I have seen from Disney!